It may be cliché, but when rivals get together, you can throw the records out the window. All that matters is the win that day, and at 4 p.m. Saturday, November 14, it will simply be about who is going to walk out of Sea Gull Stadium with the Regents Cup in hand.
The football teams from Salisbury University and Frostburg State University have played each other every year since 1973. The Sea Gulls hold a 20-16 edge in the series, and for the last 10 years, the teams have battled for the Regents Cup. When the cup has been on the line, the teams have met at a neutral site field, playing at then PSINET Stadium in Baltimore, RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, MD, and the last two years at the U.S. Naval Academy’s Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Salisbury has walked away from six of the 10 Regents Cup games with the trophy and will be attempting to do so again this season, but in 2009 the game carries an extra flare as it will be held on campus at Sea Gull Stadium.
The last meeting in Salisbury was on September 27, 1997, when the Bobcats came away with a 16-7 victory. The Sea Gulls’ last win on one of the two campuses, came in 1995 when they collected a 35-28 home win.
The Sea Gulls are riding a big wave of momentum in recent history against Frostburg State, having won the last five meetings. Each team has put together a six-game winning streak in the series, and Salisbury rattled off seven straight victories from 1982 through 1988.
The two teams will be leaving the Atlantic Central Football Conference after next season to join the Empire 8 Conference, comprised mainly of schools from New York State. Making the move together will allow the teams to continue the Regents Cup tradition, as the game is expected to continue to act as the regular-season finale for both squads for years to come.
Admission is $5, $3 for non-SU students, and $2 for children 12 and under. SU ID holders receive one ticket free. For more information call 410-543-6016 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu.